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Capital Living Upcoming Events

Welcome to Capital Living!!!  Our Commonwealth’s Capital City has events for everyone to enjoy year round.  Find out what’s going on in Frankfort/Franklin County and the surrounding areas.  We’ve done our best to compile a list of things to do, for upcoming notable events for families, for schools, just for fun, for community volunteerism, for history buffs, and for businesses.  If you do not see your organization’s event on here, and would like to, email us at CapitalLivingKY@gmail.com.  For advertising rates to better market and promote your business, organization and/or to cover your event, email april@KYCapitalLiving.com.

This will be a regular posting every Monday morning and will be updated each week.

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April 2017

Monday, April 24, 5:30 – 6:30 pm Free Monday Makers Series – Making Sculpture Work, at Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd (3/4 Mile South of Capital Bowl)

Meet at JSP on Monday nights (4 each month) to explore hands-on art making! Each month features a new theme ranging from color, materials, sculptors, styles, content and more! These intro level workshops are great for ages 8 to adult & require no previous experience. Explore JSP and your creativity every Monday night!

APRIL SERIES: Making Sculpture Work – Elemental Style

Dates: April Series meets Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24 from 5:30-6:30pm

Age group: ages 8 through adult, all levels welcome

Description: Ever wondered what makes a sculpture work? Want to know some of the secret artist techniques passed down through the ages? How can you make awesome sculptures from paper, wood & found objects? It’s Elementary my Dear Student. It might have some Principles too. Come and learn about the Elements and Principles of Art through sculpture and make outstanding 3D works of art with a few tricks of the trade.

Class fee: FREE in April to celebrate International Sculpture Day all month long!! No registration required this month, just drop in and make a donation in any amount!

Space is limited, so please register in advance to save your spot!

Instructor: Jody Jaques


Tuesday, April 25, 5:30 – 7:30 pm – A Matter of Balance: Introduction, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Many older adults experience concerns about falling, and some can even restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an 8-week, award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. This series emphasizes practical strategies, and participants will learn how to view falls as controllable and make changes to reduce fall risks at home.

Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, March 28-May 16, in the Library Community Room. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Please register at http://bit.ly/amatterofbalance or call the Library at 352-2665.

A Matter of Balance is sponsored by the Frankfort Senior Activity Center and PSPL. For more information, contact Anne Robbins at 502-223-5794 or Jennye Grider at jennye.grider@ky.gov.


Tuesday, April 25, 5:30 – 8:00 pmFarm City Banquet, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street


Tuesday, April 25, 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Paint Your Own Pottery Fundraising Event, at Capital City Christian Church, 15 Locust Dr

Tuesday April 25!!
The youth at Capital City Christian Church are hosting another great fundraiser.

Register here! https://placefull.com/create-for-a-cause-capital-city-christian-church-youth-missions-april-25th-6-8pm

This event will raise money for YOUTH MISSION TRIP.

For each $25 ticket, 30% will go to YOUTH MISSIONS.

If you want to bring your kids, those under 16 will have a selection of pieces, their ticket is $15.

With ticket purchase, attendees will choose their pottery piece from a selection provided by Elements Clay STudio. Attendees will then be able to customize their pieces with a variety of paint/glaze options. Elements Clay Studio will then fire the pottery pieces . Attendees will pick up completed pieces at Elements or make arrangements with a co-host regarding pottery delivery.

Refreshments will be sold at the event so bring your appetite for food and fun.
This is going to be a FUN night getting creative while raising funds for this AWESOME group. No experience necessary. Let’s Do this Kentucky!!!


Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Book Discussion: The Art Forger, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Join us to discuss this year’s One Book One Frankfort selection.

This free One Book One Frankfort event will take place in the Sower Board Room. Please register at the Library, online, or by contacting Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108 or diane@pspl.org.

Register online at the following link: http://bit.ly/OBOFbookdiscussion1


Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 – 9:00 pm – BOM welcomes Bourbon Legend Jimmy Russell, at Bourbon on Main, 103 W Main Street

Come mingle with one of the Bourbon industries living legends this Tuesday at Bourbon On Main. Jimmy Russell of the iconic Wild Turkey Distillery will be stopping in to rub elbows with you as you enjoy one of the many fantastic Bourbons produced by the Russell family.


Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 pmKSU Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop Gala, at Kentucky State University, 400 East Main Street


Wednesday, April 26, 6:00 – 9:00 pm – Wine Glass Painting, at Verona Vineyards, 13815 Walton Verona Rd, Verona

Everyone needs their own special wine glass to enjoy their favorite Verona Vineyards wine.

Join Verona Vineyard’s artist Rhonda as she walks you through creating two hand decorated wine

Date: 4/26/17
Time: 6:00-8:00
Cost: $20
Contact Rhonda at Studio Rho Entertaining at 859-444-0301 to reserve your spot.

Cost includes a glass of Verona Vineyards wine, two wine glasses and all of your art supplies.


Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 – 7:30 pm – The Natural History of Franklin County: Aquatic Invertebrates, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Aquatic invertebrates, small organisms living in our Bluegrass streams, are directly connected to what happens on the land. The changes that occur in the stream invertebrates are reflective of our human activities. Ryan Evans of the Kentucky Division of Water will discuss what types of aquatic invertebrates can be found in our area and some of the things that influence them. He will give a broad understanding of why clean water is important and what we can do to help contribute to healthy watersheds.

This free event will take place in the Library Community Room. Please register online or at the Library. For more information, contact Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108 or diane@pspl.org.

“The Natural History of Franklin County” series is sponsored by the Woods and Waters Land Trust and PSPL.

Register online at the following link: http://bit.ly/NaturalHistoryAquaticInvertebrates


Thursday, April 27, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – HeritageQuest: Finding Your Ancestors Online, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

This class will show the hobbyist genealogist about using this helpful database to uncover census records, genealogy books, local history articles, Revolutionary War records, and more.

No registration required.
Sower Board Room


Thursday, April 27, 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Book Discussion: The Art Forger, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Join us to discuss this year’s One Book One Frankfort selection.

This free One Book One Frankfort event will take place in the Sower Board Room. Please register at the Library, online, or by contacting Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108 or diane@pspl.org.

Register online at the following link: http://bit.ly/OBOFbookdiscussion2


Friday, April 28, 7:30 – 10:00 pm – The Paul Thorn Band, at the Grand Theatre, 308 Saint Clair Street

The Paul Thorn Band features a singer-songwriter whose influences embraces blues, Americana, gospel and rock.

Tickets: $45 / $35 / $25


Saturday, April 29, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm – Hazardous Waste drop-off event / Spring Clean, at the City of Frankfort Recycling Center, 309 Rouse Ave, Frankfort

Franklin County and the City of Frankfort are sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection. Open for the first 500 vehicles.

Items to be collected include:

  • Poison (liquid and solid)
  • Herbicide (liquid and solid)
  • Batteries (all types)
  • Aerosol cans
  • Propane cylinders
  • Oil based paint
  • Solvents, gasoline, thinners
  • Antifreeze
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Adhesives, tars
  • Asbestos
  • Corrosive acids, bases, cleaners
  • Dioxins
  • Fertilizers
  • Organic peroxides
  • Reactive solids
  • Oxidizers
  • Flammable solids
  • Mercury
  • Freon, acetylene, etc.
  • ElectronicsWE WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY LIQUIDS, TIRES, BATTERIES OR PROPANE/GAS TANKS AT LANDFILL OR DUMPSTERS. For questions call Mark Barrett at 875-7987 or Blair Hecker at 875-8751


Saturday, April 29, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm – Beast Of The Bluegrass X Rps Kentucky State Championship, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street

This is a RPS sanctioned powerlifting meet.

We are lucky to have got with Davey McCann and be apart of Beast Of The Bluegrass X to be hosting a Kentucky State Championship meet. There will be Strongman, Powerlifting, Crossfit, and MAS Tournament all under the same ROOF!!

Meet Directors: Mark Miller (606) 386-3624
Kelli Allen (859) 893-9385 or
email fourbrosgym4@yahoo.com

$95 Full Power
$90 Push / Pull
$85 Bench and Deadlift Only
$30 Crossover

Go to ⬇️⬇️⬇️ to register!
http://meets.revolutionpowerlifting.com/2017/04/29/4627/


Saturday, April 29, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Capital Area Extension Master Gardeners 9th Annual Plant Market, at the Franklin County Fairgrounds (in the Farm Bureau Pavilion), 118 Park Avenue, Frankfort

The Capital Area Master Gardener 9th Annual Plant Market is Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9 am to 2 pm. We’re at a new location this year! You’ll find us at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in the Farm Bureau Pavilion at 118 Park Avenue, Frankfort, Kentucky. We’ll have vegetables, herbs, perennials, natives, garden art, children’s activities, and a silent auction. Several vendors, both educational and retail will also be participating. As an extra special treat, the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association has agreed to sell grilled ribeye sandwiches, burgers, hotdogs, chips, and drinks from 11 am to 1 pm. Proceeds go towards community horticulture projects and a scholarship fund.


Saturday, April 29, 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Peter & the Wolf PB&J Concert, at Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd (3/4 Mile South of Capital Bowl)

Lexington Philharmonic’s Peanut Butter & Jelly Concerts are the perfect first-concert experience for your little listeners! Join LexPhil in the JSP ARTBARN for an engaging half-hour concert, followed by time for play and discovery at the Instrument Petting Zoo and, of course, PB&J sandwiches!

Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased in advance.


Saturday, April 29, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Genealogy Tea & Sympathy, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

Join our Library staff on the 5th Saturday of every month from 2-4PM for tea time and good ole fashioned conversation. Have an ancestor that is eluding you? Confused about which source to use next? Have questions about the proof standard or how to get the kids involved? Bring along your genealogy issues, hot topics or questions and the group will try to help you out. Even if we can’t solve your problem, we promise to provide lots of tea and sympathy!

All research levels welcome – let’s learn from each other’s experiences!

Each Genealogy Tea and Sympathy session is free for KHS members OR part of the KHS’ general admission. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792 x.4460 or by e-mailing us at: khsrefdesk@ky.gov 


Saturday, April 29, 6:00 pmGospel Ensemble Spring Extravaganza, at Kentucky State University, 400 East Main Street

In Partnership with the Frankfort Arts Foundation


Saturday, April 29, 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Shine Your Light Glo Run, at the Old Capital Lawn, 300 West Broadway

All proceeds benefit The Frankfort Christian Academy

Registration Information:

1. Registration may be found online or mail a form to 1349A US HWY 421 South, Frankfort, KY 40601. Attn: Glo Run.

2. Walk-in registration will be accepted at The Frankfort Christian Academy (address above).

3. Race Day Registration will take place at the registration table on the Old Capital lawn.

4. Race bag/Registration Packet will be available for pick up prior to race day at The Frankfort Christian Academy or at the registration table on the Old Capital lawn the day of the race.

5. We recommend arriving downtown for the race at least 45 minutes prior to the start time. (Start time will be at 7:30 PM).

6. Your registration includes: TFCA Glo Run 5K T-shirt, coupons and goodies from participating area vendors, chip timed event, glo “bling”, finish line surprises, and a chance to hang out with hundreds of new friends!

Sign up HERE


Sunday, April 30, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – CVP Short Track Racing, at Capitol View Park, Glenn’s Creek Rd

Come experience fast paces action with Capitol View Park’s very first Short Track MTB Series!

Register for Round #3 of the series at https://www.bikereg.com/cvpstr


Sunday, April 30, 1:30 – 3:00 pm  – Explore Nature Series : Wildflower Walks, at Cove Spring Park, 100 Cove Spring Rd

Come Join Us for a afternoon hike, learning about local wild flowers while we hike at the trails at cove spring park. We will meet at the upper area near the sky trail.

Hosted by Canoe Kentucky and sponsored by Frankfort Parks and Recreation

Please feel free to Email Chris@canoeky.com

Or Call 502 330 3633 for any information


May 2017

Monday, May 1, 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Monday Makers Series – Bugs, Slugs & Natural Found Objects, at Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd (3/4 Mile South of Capital Bowl)

Meet at JSP on Monday nights (4 each month) to explore hands-on art making! Each month features a new theme ranging from color, materials, sculptors, styles, content and more! These intro level workshops are great for ages 8 to adult & require no previous experience. Explore JSP and your creativity every Monday night!

MAY SERIES: Bugs, Slugs & Natural Found Objects

Dates: May Series meets May 1, 8, 15, 22 from 5:30-6:30pm

Age group: ages 8 through adult, all levels welcome

Description: We will be exploring the park for any moving creature and investigating new bugs in colorful Field Guides examining them closely for hidden bug details. Then we will scour the park for found objects and use wire, feathers and wiggly eyes to create our own imaginary creatures inspired by our research.

Class fee: $50 for 4 classes and includes personalized instruction and any additional materials or supplies.

Space is limited, so please register in advance to save your spot!

Scholarships are available for participants in need of financial assistance. For more information about a scholarship application, please email JSP through our website here: josephinesculpturepark.org/contact

Instructor: Jody Jaques


Monday, May 1, 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Bourbon “Sip”osium, at Capital Cellars, 227 W Broadway St

Join Bryan Booth with the Lexington Bourbon Society on May 1st, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Capital Cellars. This is a paid event. Tickets for $20.00, can be purchased online.

Explore topics about bourbon from basic knowledge to in depth, inside information about the regions distilleries, and industry updates.

We’ll talk about styles and types of bourbons and a special tasting of a select variety from our inventory.


Thursday, May 4, 7:30 – 9:30 pm – Blues Traveler, at the Grand Theatre, 308 Saint Clair Street

GRAMMY award-winning band Blues Traveler continue to chart new musical directions! The band’s music covers a variety of genres, including blues rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock, soul, and Southern rock. They are known for extensive use of segues in their live performances, and were considered a key part of the re-emerging jam band scene of the 1990s, spearheading the H.O.R.D.E. touring music festival.

TICKETS: $65/$50/$40


Friday, May 5, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm – Oaks Day Festival, at Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace

Experience the excitement of Derby weekend with another Kentucky tradition–bourbon. Enjoy complimentary tours and tastings all day from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Enjoy live festive Bluegrass music while treating yourself to bourbon ice cream made with our Buffalo Trace Bourbon.


Friday, May 5, 6:00 pm – 12:00 am – CASA Derby Eve Gala, at The Frankfort Country Club, 101 Duntreath Street

Lloyd’s of London presents the CASA Derby Eve Gala
Friday, May 5th, 2017
Frankfort Country Club – 101 Duntreath St., Frankfort, KY.
6pm – 7pm – Cocktail Hour featuring special tasting selections
7pm – 12am – Classic Kentucky hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, cash bar

The Swing Street Band, a popular six-piece band will be the evening’s entertainment

Join us in supporting CASA of the Bluegrass. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a private, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that provides advocacy services for abused, neglected and abandoned children under the protection of the Family Court. The CASA Derby Eve Gala is a major fundraiser for CASA of the Bluegrass which serves Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, and Mercer Counties. Please join us in supporting this worthy cause while enjoying the hospitality of our Commonwealth.

 


Saturday, May 6, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Governor’s Derby Day Celebration, Downtown Frankfort

Join Gov. and Mrs. Matt Bevin for Downtown Derby Celebration May 6, 2017.

Gov. and Mrs. Matt Bevin cordially invite all Kentuckians and their guests to join them at the Governor’s Downtown Derby Celebration on May 6 from 9 a.m. until 1 pm. in downtown Frankfort.

“Glenna and I are honored to welcome everyone to the 2017 Derby Celebration,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “This year’s ‘Run for the Roses’ will be the highlight of a fun-filled weekend in the Commonwealth. We are thrilled to kick-off the ‘Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports’ here in the Capital City.”

The 2017 Derby Celebration will showcase Frankfort with new and traditional festivities for which the Governor’s Derby Celebration is known—offering plenty of color, excitement, entertainment, children’s activities, and food to suit all tastes.

The YMCA Derby Dash on Broadway and the stick horse races on the Old State Capitol lawn have become annual events which children love to race in. The 5th annual Pedal for the Posies adult tricycle race will also take place. Several downtown restaurants will be open and offering special Derby morning fare.

A free concert featuring bands from across the Commonwealth will headline the entertainment on the Jim Beam Brands Stage directly in front of the Old State Capitol. And the crowd-pleasing tradition of having Kentucky artists exhibiting and selling their work will continue this year.

The event is free and open to everyone. Parking is available

Summary of Downtown Celebration events:

• YMCA Derby Dash (Ages 2-12) – race started by Gov. and Mrs. Bevin
• Pedal for the Posies (adult tricycle race)
• Old Capitol Lawn
o Stick Horse Races and Derby hat making
o Salato Center live animal exhibit
o Kentucky Art’s Council vendors
• KY Fire Commission Trailer featuring children’s activities
• KY State Police Drug Mobile
• KOHS Distracted Driving Simulator
• KY Horse Park Draft Horse photo opportunity
• Pony rides and inflatables in First Christian Parking lot
• Frankfort Mustang Club on St. Clair St.
• Cattleman’s Association food vendor
• Downtown restaurants and shops open
• Farmer’s Market open
• Old Capitol open for tour


Monday, May 8, 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Monday Makers Series – Bugs, Slugs & Natural Found Objects, at Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd (3/4 Mile South of Capital Bowl)

Meet at JSP on Monday nights (4 each month) to explore hands-on art making! Each month features a new theme ranging from color, materials, sculptors, styles, content and more! These intro level workshops are great for ages 8 to adult & require no previous experience. Explore JSP and your creativity every Monday night!

MAY SERIES: Bugs, Slugs & Natural Found Objects

Dates: May Series meets May 1, 8, 15, 22 from 5:30-6:30pm

Age group: ages 8 through adult, all levels welcome

Description: We will be exploring the park for any moving creature and investigating new bugs in colorful Field Guides examining them closely for hidden bug details. Then we will scour the park for found objects and use wire, feathers and wiggly eyes to create our own imaginary creatures inspired by our research.

Class fee: $50 for 4 classes and includes personalized instruction and any additional materials or supplies.

Space is limited, so please register in advance to save your spot!

Scholarships are available for participants in need of financial assistance. For more information about a scholarship application, please email JSP through our website here: josephinesculpturepark.org/contact

Instructor: Jody Jaques


Friday, May 12, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Homeschool Battle of the Books, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Homeschool Battle of the Books encourages kids between 4th and 12th grade to read from a list of books. Then, they are divided into teams for a tournament-style competition! Grade divisions are as follows: 4th-6th; 7th-9th; 10th-12th. For more information, please visit the Youth Services desk! Registration is required! Register HERE


Friday, May 12, 5:00 – 9:00 pmArtWalk, Downtown Frankfort

Visit these shops and artist studios downtown for the best in local art and craft every day.

  •  Broadway Clay – 223 W Broadway • 502.320.7250 • broadwayclay.com This ceramics studio, classroom and gallery features the work of local and area potters and painters. Functional and decorative pottery is available for purchase.
  • Capital Gallery of Contemporary Art – 314 Lewis • 502.223.2649 • Exhibiting paintings, fine prints, ceramics and small press books. Works by owner/artist Ellen Glasgow along with artists from KY and across the country.
  • Completely Kentucky – 237 W Broadway • 502.223.5240 •  completelykentucky.com Explore the amazing work of hundreds of Kentucky’s most talented artists. Shipping  available and gift wrapping is always free. Open every day.
  • Duncan Design -317 East 3rd Street • 502.229.7199 •
  • DeSpain Studio and Gallery – 329 W Broadway • 502.352.2717 • Paintings, fine art photography and artists’ greeting cards featuring Kentucky art and Kentucky artists.
  • Full Circle Studio & Gallery – 309 Shelby St • 502.682.9648 • www.createfullcircle.com This working studio features gourd mosaics of Jennifer Zingg, gourd sculptures of Travis Kelley, and others. Art classes are offered for all ages.
  • Graymarket Design– 333 St. Clair St. • 415.385.6070 www.graymarketdesign.com Hand blocked printed textiles.
  • Jessie’s Art Gallery & Custom Framing – 200 W 2nd St • 502.227.2495 • Specializing in “conservation framing” this gallery also carries one of the most complete collections of Paul Sawyier prints.
  • Kentucky Knows – 337 W Broadway • 859.621.5261 •  kentuckyknows.com Kentucky’s first real bourbon barrel aged coffee. Handcrafed gifts suitable for the home from reclaimed Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon barrels.
  • M.A. Selbert – 330 St Clair St • 502.227.2780 • selberts.com Locally owned full service jewelry and gift store that includes locally made jewelry.
  • McClure Building Art Studios – 306 W Main – please call for hours/availability
    • Alchemy Salon – Room 711 • 502.352.2791 • Gina Morales shows her collages on ceramic tile.
    • Betty Beshoar Art Studio – Room 700 • 502.682.9446 • Visit this working art studio featuring oil paintings & collages.
    • Facial Enhancements – Room 705 • 502.545.0105
    • Gene Burch Studio – Room 603 • Gene Burch’s photographs of Frankfort and beyond.
    • McWilliams Art Studio – Room 714 • 502.545.0198 • American Impressionism Painting.
    • Studio 710 – Room 710 • 859-913-5263 • http://karencareypaintings.com
  • Nitro – 200 W Main •502.226.2400 • nitrooffrankfort.com Quaint boutique featuring fashionable clothing, unique accessories and artistic jewelry.
  •  Old Capital Antiques – 231 W Broadway •502.223.3879 • Handcrafted items, collectibles, decorative accessories, mid-century antiques and an extensive collection of cameos are available.
  • Poor Richard’s Books – 233 W Broadway • 502-223-8010 • poorrichardsbooksky.com A “real” bookstore that specializes in Kentucky and regional authors.
  • Rebecca Ruth Candy Tours & Museum – 116 E 2nd St • 502-223-7475 • rebeccaruth.com Revolving exhibits of Kentucky art in the museum. Gift shop has original and print art for sale.
  • Rodger’s Studio – 224 W Main • 502.223.3123 • Meet Bill Rodgers and view his photographic images from in and around Frankfort, portraitures and more.
  • Simply Garden – 100 E Broadway • 502.545.8104 • https://www.facebook.com/Simplygardenky?fref=ts Unique home furnishings, accessories, garden themed gifts, and complete interior & year round garden design services are available.
  • The Milam House – 308 Washington St • 502.226.6464 • themilamhouseflowers.com Family owned florist specializing in unique and artful arrangements and gifts.
  • Three Elements Designs – 332 St Clair • 502.418.2074 • threeelementsdesigns.com This working studio of Rob Kirkman features handcrafted furniture, custom carpentry and functional pieces.
  • Vibrant Life – 338 St Clair • 502.352.2452 • www.vibrantlifefrankfort.com Visit this holistic healing center that displays and sells a wide variety of 2 and 3-dimensional art from Frankfort and around the world.
  • Wesley Center at First United Methodist Church – 211 Washington  • 502.227.7430  • Featuring rotating exhibits of local artists.
  • White Cat Studio – 232 West Main Street, Unit 1 • 502.545.6728 •This working studio offers paintings and classes by Jacqueline Keough. Local handmade items and Chloe and Isabel jewelry.

Listing of art supporting venues in downtown Frankfort

  • Bluegrass Realty and Investment -305 Wilkinson St. •  502.352.2650 •  www.buybluegrass.com 
  • Capital City Museum – 325 Ann St • 502.696.0607 • www.capitalcitymuseum.com/ Special activities during ArtWalk.
  • Frankfort School of Ballet – 340 St Clair • 502.226.6443 • frankfortballet.com Featuring works of local and emerging artists. Exhibits change periodically.
  • Franklin County Judicial Center – 222 St Clair • 502.564.2278 • Displaying historic photographs courtesy of the Capital City Museum and Ky Historical Society, and modern photographs by Gene Burch.
  • Hill House – 214 W Second Featuring one-of-a-kind works and collectibles from local and regional artists (during ArtWalk)
  • Kentucky Historical Society – 100 W Broadway • 502.564.1792 • history.ky.gov Revolving exhibits that feature Kentucky artists and events.
  • Liberty Hall Historic Site – 202 Wilkinson St • 502.227.2560 • libertyhall.org National Historic Landmark featuring early Kentucky furnishings and art.
  • Paul Sawyier Public Library – 319 Wapping St • 502.352.2665 • www.pspl.org On exhibit are stained glass windows, batiks, Paul Sawyier paintings, prints, and work of local/regional artists.
  • The Grand Theatre Grand Gallery – 308 St Clair • 502.352.7469 • grandtheatrefrankfort.org Gallery space exhibiting the work of regional artists. Displays change quarterly.

Dining & Refreshment Options

  • B’s Bakery -241 W Main • 502.699.2222 • Fresh from scratch delicious donuts, pastries, cakes, muffins, quiche, brownies, cookies, paninis, salads and more.
  • Bourbon on Main – 103 W Main • 502.352.2720 • www.bourbononmain.com Enjoy pub grub extraordinaire, a stocked bourbon bar, rotating craft beers on tap and the works of local and emerging artists for sale. Paintings by Karen Carey.
  •  Brick Alley – 325 St Clair • 502.875.2559 • Stop by the Brick for drinks and to enjoy the works of local artists during Art Walks.
  • Buddy’s Pizza– 212 Broadway • 502.352.2920 • Handcrafted pizza, salad and sandwiches. Changing exhibits of local artists and student work are available for purchase. Check out the “Buddy” wall of local canine buddies.
  • Capital Cellars – 227 W Broadway • 502.352.2600 • Enjoy this unique bar and cafe that retails local and regional wines, bourbons and works from local and emerging artists.
  • Cascades Lounge at the Capital Plaza Hotel – 405 Wilkinson Blvd • Cascades offers a wide variety of wine and spirits.
  • Gibby’s – 204 Broadway • 502.223.4429 • eatatgibbys.com Serving fresh local food with an Italian theme. Live music on back patio and special events during Art Walk.
  • Kentucky Coffeetree Café – 235 W Broadway • 502-875-3009• kentuckycoffeetree.com Gourmet deli, dessert and coffee bar and local beer and cocktails. Changing exhibits of local and emerging artists.
  • La Fiesta Grande – 334 St Clair • 502.352.2395 • Authentic Mexican food in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Enjoy happy hour on the “mall” (outdoor seating).
  •  Mai-Siagon – 328 St Clair • 502.352.2420 • Authentic Vietnamese family owned restaurant and grocery store.
  • Pollo Bandido – 235 W Main St. • 502-699-2255 • Barbecue with a Mexican flair.
  • Rick’s White Light – 114 Bridge St • 502.696.9104 • whitelightdiner.com Featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, this famous eatery has a kitschy decor with funky art covering the walls
  • Serafini – 243 Broadway • 502.875.5599 • serafinifrankfort.com Fine dining restaurant open for lunch and dinner exhibiting the works of noted Kentucky folk artists.
  • Subway – 238 W Main • 502.227.3275 • Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner, made to order, salads and subs.
  • The Meeting House B&B – 519 Ann St • 502.226.3226 • themeetinghousebandb.com Bed and Breakfast Inn in pre Civil War house. Enjoy home cooked meals with a northern flair.

Friday, May 12, 6:30 – 8:30 pm – FCHS Quarterback Club FUNdraising Event, at the Franklin County High School (Frankfort, Kentucky), 1100 E Main St

Franklin County High School (Frankfort, Kentucky) Quarterback Club would like to invite you to their Barrel Heads & Brushes FUNdraising Night!! $10 from each registration will go back to their organization!! This is a public event so feel free to come out and support your local High School Football Team!!

When: Friday, 5/12/17

Time: 6:30-8:30p (in the High School Cafeteria)

Cost:

16 x 16″ Sign: $55 for Non Custom/$60 for Custom
21″ Barrel Head: $75 for Non Custom/$80 for Custom
Registration Includes: A 21″ Barrel Head, pre-stained sign along with all of the paint, paintbrushes, and other supplies need to create your VERY OWN SIGN
Register: http://www.hoosierpaintgirl.com/events/fchs-quarterback-club-fundraiser-painting-party-51217/

We are able to accept 75 people to start off with so make sure you register ASAP in order to participate!!

If you are unable to attend this event but would like to have a private party, please send us a private message today!!


Saturday, May 13, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – KWA and CKY Spring Clean Up, hosted by Canoe Kentucky, 7323 Peaks Mill Rd

We are partnering again with the fine folks of Canoe Kentucky this spring for our Elkhorn Creek Spring Cleanup!

Participants will have the opportunity to float & clean up their choice of two sections of beautiful Elkhorn Creek. We will meet at Canoe Kentucky’s Peaks Mill Shop at 9:00am ET. One group will board a shuttle for the Knights Bridge put-in and float 6 miles back to Canoe Kentucky. The second group will leave from the Canoe Kentucky shop and clean up the 6 miles downstream to US 127. We will have multiple land based public creek access sites available as well for anyone who would rather stay dry.

This event is free, and open to anyone who would like to take part. If you can paddle a canoe we’d love to see you there! Registered participants will receive a free canoe rental for the day, shuttle service to and from their chosen float, and a provided lunch from Staxx BBQ.

Rental canoe space is limited to the first 40 participants, so secure your boat today! We can provide additional shuttle services for those who wish to bring your own boat.

Please Bring

  • A pair of sturdy gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • A Canoe (if available)
  • Clothing you don’t mind getting dirty
  • Water Bottle

2017 Elkhorn Creek Cleanup Registration

Are you interested in volunteering for our May13th Elkhorn Creek Cleanup? Then register today!

Thank you for your support as we work to clean the Elkhorn Creek

YOU MUST REGISTER HERE FOR THIS EVENT ON THE KWA WEBSITE IN ORDER TO ATTEND


Saturday, May 13, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Ladies Day in Lawrenceburg, at the Anderson County Senior Center, 160 Township Sq, Lawrenceburg

The perfect opportunity to get your friends together for a FUN day of shopping. dining, entertainment and so much more. Participating Merchants in Lawrenceburg will be offering sales, specials and refreshments for you to enjoy while checking out this great little “Small Town America”. The Event will begin at the Senior Center where you will pick up your Shopping Passport and Map, then end at the Rising Sons Winery where you will turn in your Shopping Passport and be eligible for Door Prizes.


Saturday, May 13, 12:30 – 5:30 pm – Der Rosenkavalier, at the Grand Theatre, 308 Saint Clair Street

Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier

The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Met’s recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score.

Tickets $23 Adult / $18 Student

12:30PM (approximately 290 minutes)


Saturday, May 13, 1:00 – 4:00 pm – Mindful Nature Photography Workshop – May Session, at Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd (3/4 Mile South of Capital Bowl)

Mindful Nature Photography Workshop – May
for Teens and Adults

Immerse yourself in the natural world and express the wonders and delights you find there through photography. Don’t let gadgets get in your way! Learn to use your camera as a meditative tool for eliminating distractions and focusing on what is important.

You may want to register for all three workshops (March, April and May) so you can build on the work, ideas and skills you develop each month.
This workshop will provide:

one-on-one tutoring on how to use your camera effectively
fun and inspirational nature connection activities
exploration of the park with technical support nearby
print making with plant materials

Workshop Fee

$50 which includes personalized instruction and any additional materials or supplies, such as photo paper for making sunprints, etc. Space is limited, so please register in advance to save your spot!

Scholarships are available for participants in need of financial assistance. For more information about a scholarship application, please email JSP through our website here: josephinesculpturepark.org/contact

Supplies & Equipment

Participants may use their own digital camera or borrow a Canon Powershot A800 (digital point-and-shoot). If you use your own camera, please make sure to charge your battery, bring an extra battery, and have available memory on your card. If you have a user’s manual for your camera, please bring it.

Bring snacks and water, and dress for walking in grassy areas. Check the weather forecast and be prepared to be photographing outdoors regardless of the weather. Cancellation due to severe weather will be posted on JSP’s Facebook page and website.

Instructor

Karen Lanier is a naturalist, photographer, author, and environmental educator. She has led youth photography classes since 2011, and reminds everyone to playfully explore the outdoors with child-like curiosity.

For more information, please email JSP through our contact page on our website here: josephinesculpturepark.org/contact


Saturday, May 13, 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Searching for Family History, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Search for your ancestors in millions of historical records using FamilySearch.org. Discover your place in history by preserving your genealogy online. See what others have contributed and share your family story. Whether you have just started researching your family roots or have worked with family history for years we encourage you to join us as Mark Kinnaird discusses the different attributes of this free genealogy database.

Sower Board Room
No registration required


Sunday, May 14, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Spring Plant Sale, at the Orlando Brown House, 202 Wilkinson St

Add a special touch to your home garden with flowers, ferns, and herbs from the LHHS garden. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Orlando Brown House patio.


Monday, May 15, 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Monday Makers Series – Bugs, Slugs & Natural Found Objects, at Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd (3/4 Mile South of Capital Bowl)

Meet at JSP on Monday nights (4 each month) to explore hands-on art making! Each month features a new theme ranging from color, materials, sculptors, styles, content and more! These intro level workshops are great for ages 8 to adult & require no previous experience. Explore JSP and your creativity every Monday night!

MAY SERIES: Bugs, Slugs & Natural Found Objects

Dates: May Series meets May 1, 8, 15, 22 from 5:30-6:30pm

Age group: ages 8 through adult, all levels welcome

Description: We will be exploring the park for any moving creature and investigating new bugs in colorful Field Guides examining them closely for hidden bug details. Then we will scour the park for found objects and use wire, feathers and wiggly eyes to create our own imaginary creatures inspired by our research.

Class fee: $50 for 4 classes and includes personalized instruction and any additional materials or supplies.

Space is limited, so please register in advance to save your spot!

Scholarships are available for participants in need of financial assistance. For more information about a scholarship application, please email JSP through our website here: josephinesculpturepark.org/contact

Instructor: Jody Jaques


Wednesday, May 17, 12:00 – 2:00 pm – Food for Thought: Justus S. Stearns: Michigan Pine King and Kentucky Coal Baron,  at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

Near the turn of the 20th century, “Pine King” Justus S. Stearns was Michigan’s largest producer of manufactured lumber and the owner of a prosperous coal mining operation headquartered in Stearns, Kentucky, a town he founded.

Over the course of his career, Stearns would own at least 30 manufacturing businesses – plus hotels, a railroad and a power company. He was also an active member of the Republican Party who served one term as Michigan’s secretary of state and a philanthropist who gave a great deal of his wealth to causes in both Michigan and Kentucky.

In Justus S. Stearns: Michigan Pine King and Kentucky Coal Baron, 1845-1933, history professor/author Michael W. Nagle details Stearns’s astounding range of accomplishments and explores the influence of both paternalism and Social Darwinism in his business practices. Nagle’s book received a 2016 Kentucky History Award and a 2017 Michigan Notable Book Award.

Michael W. Nagle is a professor of history and political science at West Shore Community College in Scottville, Michigan. He is the author of LecturePoint, a series of web-based interactive lectures covering topics in U.S. history.

Tickets: $25 KHS members; $30 all other patrons.

Reservations required by May 12. Call 502-564-1792, ext. 4408.


Friday, May 19, 9:00 am – 10:00 pm – Fourth Annual Givin’, Grillin’, & Chillin’, at the Old Capital Lawn, 300 West Broadway

Frankfort lost a wonderful man 3 years ago, Billy Noblitt passed away suddenly on January 21, 2014. In his honor, we began a new tradition and started an annual blood drive. Last year was a HUGE success, however this year we are wanting to make it even bigger and better.

On Friday, May 19th at Downtown Frankfort/Old Capital Lawn we will be doing it up “Yardman” style from 9am-10pm. The actual Blood Drive will take place from 9am-5pm. All donors will receive lunch and a Givin’, Grillin’ & Chillin’ T-shirt.

Country singer/songwriter Brandon Holland from Nashville, TN will be performing. http://brandonhollandmusic.com/


Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm – 22nd Annual Salato 3D Archery Classic, at the Salato Wildlife Center, 1 Game Farm Rd

Produced by the Christian Archers of Kentucky. Check in opens at 8:00 am, score cards must be turned by 5:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Will also be an ASA Qualifier but you may also shoot just for awards or fun.

There will be classes for all archers from cubs through Seniors and pro’s. 30) 3D Targets plus practice range.

Cost: $20 for adults and youth. Children 12 and under free. $5.00 additional if shooting the ASA Qualifier.

Shooting ASA Lower 12’s.


Saturday, May 20, 9:00 am – 2:00 pmColor Me Hopeful Run/Color Walk, at River View Park, 404 Wilkinson Blvd

Register at https://kypartnership.org/2017/03/02/color-me-hopeful/

Race starts at 10:00 a.m. $25 for timed runners; $15 for non-timed runners and walkers


Monday, May 22, 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Monday Makers Series – Bugs, Slugs & Natural Found Objects, at Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd (3/4 Mile South of Capital Bowl)

Meet at JSP on Monday nights (4 each month) to explore hands-on art making! Each month features a new theme ranging from color, materials, sculptors, styles, content and more! These intro level workshops are great for ages 8 to adult & require no previous experience. Explore JSP and your creativity every Monday night!

MAY SERIES: Bugs, Slugs & Natural Found Objects

Dates: May Series meets May 1, 8, 15, 22 from 5:30-6:30pm

Age group: ages 8 through adult, all levels welcome

Description: We will be exploring the park for any moving creature and investigating new bugs in colorful Field Guides examining them closely for hidden bug details. Then we will scour the park for found objects and use wire, feathers and wiggly eyes to create our own imaginary creatures inspired by our research.

Class fee: $50 for 4 classes and includes personalized instruction and any additional materials or supplies.

Space is limited, so please register in advance to save your spot!

Scholarships are available for participants in need of financial assistance. For more information about a scholarship application, please email JSP through our website here: josephinesculpturepark.org/contact

Instructor: Jody Jaques


Thursday, May 25, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Fallen Officer Memorial Service, at the KSP Academy, 380 Coffee Tree Rd

KSP will host the annual Fallen Officer Memorial Service on May 25, 2017 at the KSP Academy in Frankfort, Kentucky. The service honors the 30 fallen KSP troopers and officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.


Thursday, May 25, 12:00 – 1:00 pm – Brown Bites Lecture, at the Orlando Brown House, 202 Wilkinson St

“Ladies in the Landscape” will reveal research on the Liberty Hall gardens conducted by Bridget Ash, M.A. candidate in historic preservation. Bridget will explore the garden’s history with you and conduct a walking tour of the garden. A box lunch inspired by Brown family journals is included in the registration fee of $20. For information, call (502) 227-2560.


Saturday, May 27, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm – The Flow 4 Hour Adventure Race, Frankfort

Get ready to bike, paddle, trek and navigate your way around Frankfort’s Capitol View Park in a FOUR hour Adventure. NO prior navigation/orienteering experience is needed for this one and ANY bike will suffice. We’ll also be partnering with a local canoe/kayak livery for anyone that doesn’t have their own boat.

Get more information HERE


June 2017

Friday, June 2, 7:30 – 10:00 pm – Moana (2016), at the Grand Theatre, 308 Saint Clair St

Moana – 2016 Rated PG

In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

Tickets $6 or purchase a film series pass (8 films) for $35!!!


Saturday, June 3, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm –  Saturday Workshop: Making Marbles, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

Did you know the Rolley Hole marble game was invented in Kentucky? Make your own marble game and clay marbles. Play your game with new friends.

Ages: 5+ Younger are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult

$10* for the first student, $5 for every additional student

*Members receive a $5 savings on each registration


Saturday, June 3, 6:00 – 9:00 pm2017 Salato Sampler, at Salato Wildlife Education Center, 1 Sportsman’s Ln

Join us from 6 pm to 9 pm for an evening at Salato filled with food, drink, and good times! The Sampler will feature Kentucky bourbons from local distilleries, wines, and beers, Kentucky Proud food including smoked pork, fried catfish, and sides, and live bluegrass music courtesy of “The Moonlight Peddlers.” Admission is $60 per person in advance, and $75 at the door with all proceeds benefiting the Salato Center. Tickets may be purchased at Salato or online at www.kentuckywildlife.com. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Salato will be closed from 2 pm to 6 pm in preparation for this event.

Tickets are $60 in advance HERE and all ticket sales will go directly toward the creation of new exhibits at the Salato Wildlife Education Center.


Saturday, June 3, 7:30 – 10:00 pmHidden Figures (2016), at the Grand Theatre, 308 Saint Clair St

Hidden Figures (2016) (Rated-PG)

The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.

Based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly

Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Vivian Mitchell, Jim Parsons

Tickets $6 or purchase a film series pass (8 films) for $35!!!


Sunday, June 4, 2:00 – 5:00 pm – The Godfather (1972), at the Grand Theatre, 308 Saint Clair St

The Godfather (1972) (Rated-R)

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

TCM Series at the Grand!

Tickets $8 or purchase a season pass (all 12 films) for $60!

(1972) (Rated-R)


Friday, June 9, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Sherry Sebatian Duo at the Free Lunchtime Concert, at the Ward Oates Amphitheater, 520 E Main St

Bring your lunch and enjoy the music!


Friday, June 9, 7:00 – 10:00 pm – United Bank Summer Concert Series featuring Joey & the Cruisers, at the Old Capital Lawn, 300 West Broadway, Frankfort

This is the first downtown summer concert of 2017 featuring Joey & The Cruisers, a nine-piece super variety group with two female vocalists, sax, trumpet, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and B3 organ. Sponsors for the series include United Bank; Jim Beam Brands; Frankfort Convention Center; Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites; Frankfort Plant Board; Frankfort State-Journal; Cap City Communications; and the Kentucky Historical Society.


Sunday, June 11, 2:00 – 5:00 pmSome Like It Hot (1959), at the Grand Theatre, 308 Saint Clair St

Some Like It Hot (1959) (NR)

When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

TCM Series at the Grand!

Tickets $8 or purchase a season pass (all 12 films) for $60!

(1972) (NR)


Tuesday, June 13, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Shuling Fister, at the Grand Theatre, 308 Saint Clair St

Shuling Fister

Shuling Fister is a Chinese dance choreographer and performer. She will perform at the Grand with a group of her students. She received her dance training in China and performs primarily Chinese classical and folk dances.

Tickets $5 or purchase a season pass (all 6 live events) for $20!


Thursday, June 15, 6:00 – 7:30 pm – Painting in the Garden, at Liberty Hall Historic Site, 202 Wilkinson St

This family workshop will be led by artist, Jody Jaques, who will help you create a watercolor inspired by the Liberty Hall Garden. For ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $20 for 1 child; $35 for child and adult who wants to paint; $10 each for additional family members. Registration fee includes all supplies and a colorful snack. Registration is required by calling (502) 227-2560.


Friday, June 16, 7:00 – 10:00 pm – Pappy for Your Pappy, at Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace

This Father’s Day, make him a happy pappy with a one-of-a-kind dinner event as Julian and Preston Van Winkle guide you through a tasting of the various ages of Van Winkle Bourbons. Don’t forget to bring your favorite Van Winkle item to have it signed at the end of the evening.

6:00 p.m. – Optional Tour. 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Dinner/Event. $100 per person.

Lottery system in place; entries taken through online registration form made available at http://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/events May 8-11. On May 12, drawing will occur and those selected will be notified. Seating limited to 130 people.

Entering into this lottery does not guarantee a ticket to this event.
One entry per household.


Friday, June 16, 7:30 – 10:00 pmManchester by the Sea (2016), at the Grand Theatre, 308 Saint Clair St

Manchester by the Sea (2016) (Rated-R)

A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.

Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

Tickets $6 or purchase a film series pass (8 films) for $35!!!

(2016) (Rated-R)


Tuesday, June 20, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Mary Hamilton, at the Grand Theatre, 308 Saint Clair St

Mary Hamilton

Mary Hamilton travels throughout Kentucky and the nation telling stories and teaching others about the art of storytelling. Through her repertoire of stories mary entrances with fairy tales, chills with haunting tales, and much more!

Tickets $5 or purchase a season pass (all 6 live events) for $20!


Friday, June 23, 7:00 – 10:00 pmUnited Bank Summer Concert Series featuring Frontier, at the Old Capital Lawn, 300 West Broadway, Frankfort

This is the second downtown summer concert of 2017 featuring Frontier a band from London, Kentucky that delights audiences with upbeat melodies and swelling three-part harmonies. The band includes Ethan Worley (rhythm and lead guitar, vocals, and songwriter), his brother Andrew Worley (rhythm and lead guitar, vocals, and songwriter), and their cousin Caleb Caudill (bass guitar and vocals). Sponsors for the series include United Bank; Jim Beam Brands; Frankfort Convention Center; Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites; Frankfort Plant Board; Frankfort State-Journal; Cap City Communications; and the Kentucky Historical Society.


Saturday, June 24, 7:00 – 9:00 am – River Blast River Run 3K, at the Ward Oates Amphitheater, 520 E Main Street

Come down and join us for the 3rd Annual Frankfort River Blast River Run 3K. Fun for the entire family to help bring family activities and attention to our developing interest in the Kentucky River.

Late registration and package pickup to start at 7 am. Race starts at 8 am.

More details to follow, but the course thus far will start at Ward Oates Amphitheater, go along the River Walk to the Glen Willis, and back.

Registration fees are as follows:

Children under 18 – $10 (early registration)
Adults – $20 (early registration)

ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE UNTIL June 22nd!
https://runsignup.com/Race/KY/Frankfort/RiverBlastRiverRun3K
.

PROCEEDS to benefit the future events being planned along the river to help bring family activities and attention to our developing interest in the Kentucky River.

Hosted by Destination Frankfort

Download your Registration Form HERE

Saturday, June 24, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm – Horsey 100 Ride, Bluegrass Cycling Club, at the Ward Oates Amphitheater, 520 E Main Street

A rest area for the 100 mile bike ride through Central Kentucky.

The Horsey Hundred is the premier cycling event of the Bluegrass Cycling Club. We’ve come a long way since the inaugural Horsey Hundred was held at the Kentucky Horse Park (Lexington, KY) in 1978. The first event featured a 50 mile route option on Saturday and Sunday with an optional Century ride on Saturday. Riders were provided with maps, but there were no road markings and rider support. Participants were, however, treated to a slide show and movies at the Horse Park Saturday evening. No records exist of how many participated the first year, but the next year (1979) had sixty-five participants. From 1980 – 1982 the Horsey Hundred was held at Midway College (Midway, KY). By 1982 the number of riders more than tripled to over 200. In 1983 the Horsey Hundred moved to Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY which remains our home today.


Saturday, June 24, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall is a new event presented by the Kentucky Historical Society that will take place at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History on June 24, 2017, as part of our celebration of Kentucky’s 225th year of statehood. In addition to on-camera family mystery reveals, Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall will feature a day-long public expo of genealogy experts, organizations and products, as well as family research tips and even a live Q and A session with D. Joshua Taylor from PBS Genealogy Roadshow. Watch history.ky.gov for more details over the coming months.


Tuesday, June 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Kentucky Shakespeare presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at the Grand Theatre, 308 Saint Clair St

KENTUCKY SHAKESPEARE

Presents:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – “The course of true love never did run smooth” in Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity, magical mischief, and best laid plans gone awry! Designed for K-8.

Tickets $5 or purchase a season pass (all 6 live events) for $20!


Friday, June 30, 7:30 – 10:00 pmJaws (1975), at the Grand Theatre, 308 Saint Clair St

Jaws (1975) (Rated-PG)

A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt down the monster.

Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
Directed by Steven Spielberg

Tickets $6 or purchase a film series pass (8 films) for $35!!!

(1975) (Rated-PG)


July 2017

Friday, July 7, 7:00 – 10:00 pmUnited Bank Summer Concert Series featuring MAD Women, at the Old Capital Lawn, 300 West Broadway, Frankfort

This is the third downtown summer concert of 2017 featuring MAD Women, an all female rocking band with Barbara Allender on lead guitar, Cindy Rae on bass guitar, Kim McCrady on drums, and Amy Jo Madden as lead singer. Sponsors for the series include United Bank; Jim Beam Brands; Frankfort Convention Center; Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites; Frankfort Plant Board; Frankfort State-Journal; Cap City Communications; and the Kentucky Historical Society.


Friday, July 14, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Free Lunchtime Concert, at the Ward Oates Amphitheater, 520 E Main St

Bring your lunch and enjoy the music!


Friday, July 21, 7:00 – 10:00 pmUnited Bank Summer Concert w/ Kentucky Wild Horse and Stone Soup, at the Old Capital Lawn, 300 West Broadway, Frankfort

Kentucky Wild Horse

Stone Soup (KY)

This is the fourth downtown summer concert of 2017 featuring Kentucky Wild Horse, a band that plays roots music from Kentucky traditions – old time, bluegrass, fiddle tunes, hillbilly swing, and original songs, and Stone Soup (KY), a band that plays a mix of classic rock and rockin’ blues from the 70’s to the 90’s. Sponsors for the series include United Bank; Jim Beam Brands; Frankfort Convention Center; Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites; Frankfort Plant Board; Frankfort State-Journal; Cap City Communications; and the Kentucky Historical Society.


Friday, July 28, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Free Lunchtime Concert, at the Ward Oates Amphitheater, 520 E Main St

Bring your lunch and enjoy the music!


Saturday, July 29, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Genealogy Tea & Sympathy, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

Join our Library staff on the 5th Saturday of every month from 2-4PM for tea time and good ole fashioned conversation. Have an ancestor that is eluding you? Confused about which source to use next? Have questions about the proof standard or how to get the kids involved? Bring along your genealogy issues, hot topics or questions and the group will try to help you out. Even if we can’t solve your problem, we promise to provide lots of tea and sympathy!

All research levels welcome – let’s learn from each other’s experiences!

Each Genealogy Tea and Sympathy session is free for KHS members OR part of the KHS’ general admission. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792 x.4460 or by e-mailing us at: khsrefdesk@ky.gov 


August 2017

Friday, August 4, 7:00 – 10:00 pmUnited Bank Summer Concert Series featuring Stir Krazy, at the Old Capital Lawn, 300 West Broadway, Frankfort

This is the fifth downtown summer concert of 2017 featuring Stir Krazy, a premier dance and party band providing high energy entertainment and quality musicianship. Sponsors for the series include United Bank; Jim Beam Brands; Frankfort Convention Center; Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites; Frankfort Plant Board; Frankfort State-Journal; Cap City Communications; and the Kentucky Historical Society.


Friday, August 11, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Free Lunchtime Concert, at the Ward Oates Amphitheater, 520 E Main St

Bring your lunch and enjoy the music!


Friday, August 18, 7:00 – 10:00 pmUnited Bank Summer Concert Series featuring Lions of Mercury, at the Old Capital Lawn, 300 West Broadway, Frankfort

This is the sixth downtown summer concert of 2017 featuring Lions of Mercury, an awesome rock band playing 70’s funk, rock, and jam music on a mission to change the world with sweet grooves. Sponsors for the series include United Bank; Jim Beam Brands; Frankfort Convention Center; Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites; Frankfort Plant Board; Frankfort State-Journal; Cap City Communications; and the Kentucky Historical Society.


Saturday, August 26, 6:00 – 10:00 pm – Capital City Blues & River Festival, at the Ward Oates Amphitheater, 520 E Main St


September 2017

Friday, September 1, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Free Lunchtime Concert, at the Ward Oates Amphitheater, 520 E Main St

Bring your lunch and enjoy the music!


Friday, September 1, 7:00 – 10:00 pmUnited Bank Summer Concert Series featuring Bent Penny Band, at the Old Capital Lawn, 300 West Broadway, Frankfort

 

This is the last downtown summer concert of 2017 featuring Bent Penny Band, a multi-faceted band that focuses on music genres ranging from Eric Clapton and the Eagles to Elvis, Rock-a-Billy, and originals. Sponsors for the series include United Bank; Jim Beam Brands; Frankfort Convention Center; Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites; Frankfort Plant Board; Frankfort State-Journal; Cap City Communications; and the Kentucky Historical Society.


Saturday, September 30, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Genealogy Tea & Sympathy, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

Join our Library staff on the 5th Saturday of every month from 2-4PM for tea time and good ole fashioned conversation. Have an ancestor that is eluding you? Confused about which source to use next? Have questions about the proof standard or how to get the kids involved? Bring along your genealogy issues, hot topics or questions and the group will try to help you out. Even if we can’t solve your problem, we promise to provide lots of tea and sympathy!

All research levels welcome – let’s learn from each other’s experiences!

Each Genealogy Tea and Sympathy session is free for KHS members OR part of the KHS’ general admission. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792 x.4460 or by e-mailing us at: khsrefdesk@ky.gov 


October 2017

November 2017

December 2017

Saturday, December 30, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Genealogy Tea & Sympathy, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

Join our Library staff on the 5th Saturday of every month from 2-4PM for tea time and good ole fashioned conversation. Have an ancestor that is eluding you? Confused about which source to use next? Have questions about the proof standard or how to get the kids involved? Bring along your genealogy issues, hot topics or questions and the group will try to help you out. Even if we can’t solve your problem, we promise to provide lots of tea and sympathy!

All research levels welcome – let’s learn from each other’s experiences!

Each Genealogy Tea and Sympathy session is free for KHS members OR part of the KHS’ general admission. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792 x.4460 or by e-mailing us at: khsrefdesk@ky.gov 


Places to Go & Things to Do in Franklin County

Liberty Hall Historic Site

The ground of Livery hall Historic Site are open to the public daily, dawn to dusk. Leashed dogs are allowed on the grounds. The visitor center and museum store at the Orlando Brown House is open Monday-Saturday, noon-4:00p.m. Guided tours of Liberty Hall are given Monday-Saturday and depart from Liberty Hall located at 218 Wilkinson Street at 1:30p.m Guided tours last approximately 75 minutes. Tour Prices $6/Adult $3/Youth Free/Children under age 5.


Capital City Museum

The Capital City Museum is at 325 Ann Street in downtown Frankfort, Kentucky.  Housed in a 150 year old building that represents all that is left of the Capital Hotel, which burned in 1917, the museum is a large room filled with history and character. There are plenty of details to explore, with exhibits painting a vivid picture of both political and personal life in Kentucky over the past 200 years.  It is open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. Call 502-696-0607.  Admission is free.  Operated by the City of Frankfort, Department of Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites.


Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History (aka The Kentucky History Center)

The Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History has been the headquarters for the Kentucky Historical Society since April 10, 1999. Covering much of a city block in downtown Frankfort, it provides space for permanent exhibits, museum and archival storage, educational activities, offices and special events (space rental is available). Its namesake, the late Thomas D. Clark, was former state historian and an instrumental partner in the building’s planning and development.  100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY  502-564-1792

Admission
Adults: $4
Youth (6-18): $2
Children (5 and under): FREE
KHS and KJHS members: FREE
Veterans: $3
Admission includes the entire KHS History Campus (KY History Center, KY Military History Museum, Old State Capitol)


Kentucky Military History Museum

This Greek Revival style building was the State Arsenal from the 1850s until the early 1970s when the Boone National Guard Center opened in Frankfort. During the Civil War, it served as a munitions factory where Frankfort women made ammunition for troops from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. The Kentucky Historical Society and the Department of Military Affairs created the Kentucky Military History Museum here in 1973.

KHS operates the Kentucky Military History Museum with the Kentucky Department for Military Affairs. Artifacts and documents help provide a full picture of Kentuckians military service.

125 E. Main St. | Frankfort, KY 40601


Old State Capitol

The Old State Capitol is the third building to have served as Kentucky’s seat of government. Gideon Shryock, the state’s first native-born professionally trained architect, designed this Greek Revival building as a young man. Between 1830 and 1910, it saw many lively political debates as lawmakers grappled with issues of the day, including slavery and war.

After its use as State Capitol, the building served as headquarters of the Kentucky Historical Society (1920-ca. 1968). Today, restored to the way it looked in the early 1850s, it houses the exhibit “Great Revivals: Kentucky Decorative Arts Treasures” and is open for tours through KHS.

300 W. Broadway | Frankfort, KY 40601


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